Important for ecology

The forest provides important ecology functions

Even though constrained by its setting within the city, the forest still provides important ecological functions that benefit plants and animals within it and around it. These functions include:

  • Providing a natural filter and runoff buffer for adjoining Lake Wilderness. 
  • Providing habitat and food for birds and mammals that help provide biodiversity within the City. 
  • Dampening hot weather in the summer and cold weather in the winter. 
  • Absorbing carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses, such as sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, from the air and releasing oxygen. One large tree can supply a day’s supply of oxygen for four people!
  • Natural decomposition of organic material to support the natural life cycle of plants and animals.